from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brilliant green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria or Cantharis vesicatoria) of central and southern Europe.
- n. A toxic preparation of the crushed, dried bodies of this beetle, formerly used as a counter-irritant for skin blisters and as an aphrodisiac.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Singular form of cantharides.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A beetle (Lytta vesicatoria, syn. Cantharis vesicatoria), having an elongated cylindrical body of a brilliant green color, and a nauseous odor; the blister fly or blister beetle, of the apothecary; -- also called Spanish fly. Many other species of Lytta, used for the same purpose, take the same name. See Blister beetle, under blister. The plural form in usually applied to the dried insects used in medicine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of coleopterous insects having the head separated from the thorax by a neck; the type of the family Cantharidæ.
- n. [lowercase; pl. cantharides (kan-thar′ i-dēz).] A member of the genus Cantharis.
Adeo immoderate et immodeste ab ipsis bibitur, ut in compotationibus suis non cyathis solum et cantharis sat infundere possint, sed impletum mulctrale apponant, et scutella injecta hortantur quemlibet ad libitum potare.
A bottle of cantharis can be had at any good Vitamin store, e.g., Vitamin Cottage, for about $7.
Since I had no cantharis with me at the church, I had to wait until I finished the supper and drove home.
“Vile potabis modicis sabinum cantharis — — Et praelo domitam caleno tu bibes uvam.”
They all copulate in the manner above described, the fly, the cantharis, the sphondyle, (the phalangium spider) any others of the kind that copulate at all.
This phenomenon may be witnessed if any one will pull asunder flies that are copulating; and, by the way, these creatures are, under the circumstances, averse to separation; for the intercourse of the sexes in their case is of long duration, as may be observed with common everyday insects, such as the fly and the cantharis.
The cantharis comes from the caterpillars that are found on fig-trees or pear-trees or fir-trees — for on all these grubs are engendered-and also from caterpillars found on the dog-rose; and the cantharis takes eagerly to ill-scented substances, from the fact of its having been engendered in ill-scented woods.
The cantharis is said to have in itself the antidote to its own sting, but wickedness, creating its own pain and torment, pays the penalty of its misdeeds not afterwards but at the time of its ill-doing.
Mr. Townsend Glover, in a valuable paper illustrated with wood cuts in Patent Office Reports, 1854, page 59, states that he found a species of cantharis, C. strigosa, in large numbers on the cotton plants near Columbia, S. C., in the month of September.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
6 After you've stopped dancing around the room and screaming obscenitites, take four tablets of cantharis of the 'miracle dilution' you've purchase.
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